Prisoners considered amongst the most high profile at Guantanamo Bay have been visited by the International Committee of the Red Cross. The delegation is said to have met with Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the Sept 11 attacks, as well as 13 other detainees. It is believed the prisoners were held in CIA secret locations before being transferred to the US camp in Cuba several weeks ago.
In Afghanistan, 16 former Guantanamo prisoners, who were recently released, have been speaking about their ordeal. At the ceremony in Kabul today to mark their release the men, aged from about 20 to 55, complained about their treatment at the hands of US guards.
“They treated us like animals”, said Dr Khan Jan. “They didn’t treat us like human beings, they were cruel, their behaviour was unimaginable, they punished us like animals.” The treatment of prisoners at Guantamo has drawn widespread international condemnation. More than 400 suspected militants are still behind bars.